February 2nd, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 31 My Biggest Enemy? Myself

31.1 Fine weapons are instruments of ill omen:
       people may despise them,
       so those with the Way do not dwell with them.
31.2 Therefore the place of honor for the cultured is on the left,
       while the honored place for the martialist is on the right.
31.3 Weapon, being instruments of ill omen,
       are not the tools of the cultured,
       who use them only when unavoidable.
31.4 They consider it best to be aloof;
       they win without beautifying it.
       Those who beautify it
       enjoy killing people.
       Those who enjoy killing
       cannot get their will of the world.
31.5 The left is favored for auspicious things,
       the right for things of ill omen:
       so the subordinate general is on the left,
       the top general on the right.
       That means when you are in ascendancy of power
       you handle it as you would a mourning.
31.6 When you have killed many people,
       you weep for them in sorrow.
       When you win a war,
       you celebrate by mourning.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 32: More About Simplicity (Maybe Too Much)

Reading:

32.1 The Way is eternally nameless,
       Though simplicity is small,
       the world cannot subordinate it.
32.2 If lords and monarchs can keep to it,
       all beings will naturally resort to them.
32.3 Heaven and earth combine,
       thus showering sweet dew.
       No humans command it;
       it is even by nature.
32.4 Start fashioning, and there are names;
       once names also exist,
       you should no where to stop.  
       By knowing when to stop
       you are not endangered.
32.5 The Way is to the world
       as rivers and oceans to valley streams.


Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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